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Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • June 15th is the priority review deadline for spring applicants.  If space remains after this deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program fills.  For academic year applications, the only/final deadline will be January 15th.
     Since the applications for Japanese exchange programs are lengthy and require multiple supporting documents, students should open the application AND meet with the International Coordinator no later than 3 weeks prior to the application deadline. Additionally, Japanese majors/minors are required to meet with a Japanese faculty member as part of the application process. This should be done as early as possible in the application process, before selecting a program. The names of approved faculty members are listed in the application; if you do not yet have an open application, contact the International Coordinator for more information.
  • Kyoto University was established in 1897 and boasts a long history and standing traditions
  • With a a total enrollment near 25,000 students, enjoy a variety of opportunities to connect with many Japanese students, as well as over 1,500 international students.
  • Courses are taught in both English and Japanese, and students are able to study for one semester in the Spring or for a full academic year. 
  • Eligibility requirements: At minimum, applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at ASU and transfer credit, be enrolled as a full-time student at ASU, and have completed at least one full semester of 12 credit hours at ASU at the time of the application deadline (with grades posted).  Students must also show a strong desire and reasoning for studying in Japan.
  • Note:  The competitiveness of this exchange program is considered moderate to high depending on the level of student interest. Please contact the International Coordinator for more details.


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Location Details

For over one thousand years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the heart of Japanese culture and politics. Kyoto is unique even within Japan as it was virtually untouched during World War II, leaving a myriad of temples, shrines and castles intact. This legacy has been recognized by the UNESCO and 20% of Japan’s national treasures and 15% of the country’s cultural properties can be found in Kyoto.

This ancient city holds a special place in the hearts of both the Japanese people and those foreign visitors who have the good fortune of making its acquaintance. Nearly 40 million tourists visit Kyoto each year to savor its treasures and pleasures, and to seek the essence of all that is traditionally Japanese. Its unique identity arises from an unmatched legacy of history, culture and religion not simply relegated to the past, but handed down from generation to generation and carefully tended in the present for the sake of the future.

Just across the Higashiyama mountain range from Kyoto is Shiga, a small prefecture famous as the home of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Shiga, which borders both Nara and Kyoto, boasts a unique and varied culture. It has been the site of many significant historical events, with many heritage sites telling of the long human history of the area. Today, Shiga is still one of Japan’s prominent transport crossroads and generates a great deal of economic activity while enjoying a rich and diverse cultural environment.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Courses available through Kyoto University International Education Program (KUINEP) span a number of different disciplines.  Each course usually carries two credit hours, and students are required to take at least 7 courses (14 credits).  

Students can also choose to take up to 6, 2-credit Japanese Language courses to accompany their English-taught courses.  

For more information about KUINEP and Japanese Language courses, click here.

Graduate students can participate on the program, but the academic focus would be on research, as there are not many English-taught graduate courses.

Academic Opportunities/Restrictions

Course Restrictions In addition to KUINEP courses, students will be given permission to take courses within a specific Faculty based on their major at ASU.  Find a list of faculties here.
Course List & Syllabi from Previous Semesters Click here and scroll to the PDF
Submit a Kyoto Syllabus for Evaluation Click here
Courses Previously Taken by ASU Students (may not be offered during your term of study or in your chosen program) Click here

Academic Culture
Japanese courses are typically 2 credits for a lecture-style course.  The courses are 90 minutes and will meet once a week.  

Academic Schedule
Term Dates (estimated) Academic year: October-July
Spring: April-July
Course Registration Process & Timeline After arriving on-site, students will work with Kyoto staff to enroll.  For Japanese Language courses, you must take a placement test online before arrival.
Course Levels, Credits & Grades
  Kyoto University ASU
Course Levels Kyoto does not use a numbering system based on levels, but does list a "Target Year" on their syllabi. Lower or Upper division (Courses will be evaluated based on content & with recommendation of the "Target Year" indicated on the syllabus).
Credit All credits and grades will be posted to your ASU record after completion of your program.  As courses are graded, not pass/fail, they will be factored into your ASU G.P.A.
Click here to view the Kyoto University Credit/Grade Conversion Scale.


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Program Housing

Students will live in the residence halls associated with Kyoto University, as it is very difficult to secure off-campus accommodation.  Please note that no guests are allowed in individuals' rooms.  Housing is guaranteed, but is done on a lottery system, so students may not get their first choice.  Some housing is right on-campus, while others may need to commute up to 1 hour to campus. 

Learn more about on-campus housing options here.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Japan, older buildings are not likely to have been retrofitted for accessibility. At major train stations, airports, and hotels, travelers with disabilities should encounter few accessibility problems, although many smaller stations are inaccessible to those who cannot climb stairs.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Japan, the population is ethnically homogenous, so some students may experience more attention, comments, and questions, both positive and negative. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program




Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 01/15/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: January 15th is the final application deadline for fall.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: June 15th is the priority application deadline for spring. If space allows, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the listed deadline.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed